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Red Dot or Scope

Discussion in 'Scopes & Optics' started by spectra, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Ok looking for a cheap red dot or scope and wondering what way to go? This is going on a 16" AR flat top upper.
    I have never dealt with a red dot so just wondering what way people would go. Rifle is just a plinker/truck gun nothing fancy.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    Well is a truck gun just for plinking and kind of a SHTF deal..... I am just blind :D so usually go the scope rout but kind of like the idea of the red dot. Was looking at the Vortex Spitfire as PSA has it on sale today.
     
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  3. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    I've got a couple of these.
    Bushnell TRS-25 Trophy Series Red Dot
     
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  4. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    And :D do you like them ? What are they on ?

    I actually had one but never used it and traded it off.
     
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    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    Got one on an AR-15 and one on a ruger 22-45, for $80.00 I think they are great.
     
  6. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    Have both of these on various ARs, my go to AR has an aimpoint PRO all are fine. But seem to like the micro ' s better as they are smaller.
     
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  7. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm not blind but only good to 40'-50' so I just ordered this....
    http://www.opticsplanet.com/ncstar-gen-2-3-9x42-ultimate-sighting-system.html

    I didn't read anything bad about it so I hope I didn't make a terrible mistake. I'm really new to this and was lazy, wanting to get it NOW, and didn't ask the board for recommendations. It looks like I can remove the micro red dot from the scope and put it off to the side if I want.
     
  8. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I love my Vortex Strike fire because it has a red and green dot (green is best for bright days) and it is powered by a regular battery....
    Out at 100 yds I can hit a 5" metal plate repeatedly.
    Point and shoot accuracy.
     
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  9. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have had a few of the bushness trs25 red dots and they are a good cheap red dot, they work but you always have to make sure to turn them off, if I bought another one, I would pony up a bit more money and go with a Holosun micro red dot, it has everything a aimpoint has, and it will auto turn off after 8 hours with a aimpoint doesnt, it also has a motion turn on. 5yr battery and all the other features for 160$.. cant beat the price.

    http://www.amazon.com/HOLOSUN-HS403...e=UTF8&qid=1449174507&sr=8-1&keywords=holosun
     
  10. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I kind of like that one but I did pick up one of these to try out http://palmettostatearmory.com/vortex-spitfire-1x-prism-scope-with-drt-moa-reticle-spr-1301.html was on sale so figured what the hell. If I do not like it on the 5.56 it will go on a SBR I am doing.
     
  11. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    a buddy of mine picked one of those up, i haven't had a chance to shoot with it yet, but I'm not a particular fan of how big they are, seems to take up alot of space in my visual field. but that's just a personal opinion. he does really like the sight.
     
  12. David Bowman

    David Bowman Beaverton OR Archer Defense Concepts

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    I like Meprolight or Trijicon. I have those because I hate chasing batteries or messing about with issues like that. Can be spendy, but well worth it in the long run.

    Nice thing is that if you want to put it on a Bentley AR you pick up later, it will work for that too.

    Pick it up, put the dot on it, and a smoking hole magically appears.
     
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  13. ChiefStealth

    ChiefStealth Graham, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    I use both magnified scopes and a red dot on my AR. Scope for long range... red dot for short range. The red dot I have is a Bushnell Trophy 1X28. Its designed for hunting, so it works well on my lever action rifle. With additional risers it is great on the AR. One scope for two rifles.
     
  14. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Scope. If you have an astigmatism the dots look fuzzy and suck looking at.

    (Used two Vortex 1-4's on an AR and Rem 700 - fantastic)
     
  15. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I have three Holosun units, I really like the one with the 65 MOA ring and center dot.

    I have several of the TRS25's as well and they are pretty hard to beat for what they cost.

    Let us know what you think of the Spitfire. Sounds like a interesting option
     
  16. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ditto with Jim! I have the Strike Fire on my M-4! One of my favorite features is, they claim, 7,000hrs on a set of batteries.
    Mine works perfect and, I think, is a heck of a lot of red dot for the money!:cool:
     
  17. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I like the looks but to be honest I have not mounted it yet.......life got busy and have not had a chance to take it out and play yet. You know how it works when you are self employed.......hell not even much time on here lately......
     
  18. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    How well do you like the normal holosun units? I have had 3 of the TRS25 units and ended up selling them, I have a astigmatism in both eyes so red dots are not 100% my friend but they shoot pretty good for me, I got the TRS25's for 50$ each on black friday last year and have since sold them to buddies.

    But I have looked at the holosuns because of the long battery life and the auto on functions.. looked like a better and much cheaper version of the aimpoints.
     
  19. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I'm also having problems with my vision and lighted scopes. Last one I looked through was one of those with multiple colors and multiple shaped dots. Unfortunately, most of the shapes were a blur to me.

    Just ordered a Bushnell AR series 1-4X and hoping that one is clearer. Could be, that with my vision issue, a lighted reticle isn't something I will be able to use.